One of America's most Dangerous Outlaws
Jesse was one of the world's deadliest outlaws.
Jesse James as a young lad.
This is the young Jesse James.
Jesse on a Wanted Poster.
Jesse James was on Wanted Posters everywhere.
The outlaw Jesse James
Fave Facinating Facts on Jesse James
- His father was a commercial hemp farmer and Baptist minister. He died when Jesse was three years old.
- Jesse was shot in the chest while attempting to surrender to Union soldiers near Lexington, Missouri.
- He recovered from the gunshot wound under the care of his first cousin. The two were eventually married.
- In 1882, after evading capture for some time, Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford, one of two brothers Jesse had asked to live with him and serve as protection.
- The Ford brothers were indicted, pleaded guilty, were sentenced to death by hanging, and two hours later were granted a full pardon by Governor Crittenden. The implication that the governor of Missouri conspired to kill a private citizen startled the public and added to James’ notoriet